Congressman Brady, help veterans gain access to palliative care

By: Latina Starling
| Published 03/23/2016


I’m a seven-year breast cancer survivor and military veteran, so I know the importance of hard work and determination. That’s why I started volunteering with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). ACS CAN is an organization that’s working every day to make cancer issues a state and national priority.

During my cancer treatment, I underwent chemotherapy and radiation. Soon after, I separated from the military. It was a difficult time for my family and me. After my treatment, I was left dealing with several side effects, and today continue to deal with muscle spasms, lymphedema and chemo brain.

Through my work with ACS CAN, I’ve learned the importance of palliative care for patients who are dealing with a serious disease like cancer. Palliative care is a specialized medical care that provides patients relief from the pain and other symptoms from a serious disease, and uses a team-based approach to coordinate care and give patients an extra level of support.

That’s why I’m asking Congressman Kevin Brady to support H.R. 3119. This legislation aims to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life for patients undergoing care for serious illnesses. Congressman Brady, please help provide military veterans who are diagnosed and surviving cancer with an extra layer of support when they need it most.

Latina Starling
Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)

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